Denmark is a welfare state. Among other things, this means that Danes pay taxes to ensure that a series of critical services such as medical care, hospital treatment, schooling and eldercare are universal regardless income level.
Tax on income
Everyone living and working in Denmark who has an income is liable to pay income tax. This also applies if you for instance have your own business, are unemployed and receive benefits from an unemployment fund or from the state, work abroad or have income from abroad while living in Denmark etc.
One way or the other, we all use the public system and hence we all have to pay towards it.
The tax system is progressive which means that the more you earn the higher percentage you pay in income tax. In other words "Those with the broadest shoulders should bear the heaviest burden".
If you want to know more about our tax system please visit skat.dk.
Here you can find useful information about how to register for a Danish tax card and a personal tax number, rules and regulations for self-employed persons, what exactly taxes are spend on, and much more.
You can also read the brochure "Tax in Denmark", intended specifically for non-Danish speakers.
Tax in Denmark (PDF, new tab).
If you have any specific tax question or need tax advice, you can contact the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT) who can answer any of you tax questions.
Contact SKAT (new tab).